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Space trading game Eve Online has suffered a virtual version of the credit crunch.
One of the game’s biggest financial institutions lost a significant chunk of its deposits as a huge theft started a run on the bank.
One of the bank’s controllers stole about 200bn kredits and swapped them for real world cash of £3,115.
As news of the theft spread, many of the bank’s customers rushed to remove their virtual cash.
The scandal is not the first to play out in Eve Online. In early 2009 one of the game’s biggest corporations, called Band of Brothers, was brought down by industrial espionage.
Cool and disappointing at the same time.
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